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2015 Canoe the Wild Testimonials
“Outstanding. My wife, 10 year old son and myself were looking to fill a few days before a series of backpacking adventures in eastern Canada and we hit the jackpot. Every aspect was great including the food, the adventure and the companionship. Dave has a great demeaner (we were not experienced canoers) and he brought along (with our permission) a young man from the local high school who teamed up with my son to travel the 20+ mile run down the St. Croix. Thank you Dave. Can’t wait to do the Allagash next time around.”
Howard Allen, Coca Beach, Florida
“Excellent instruction, knowledgeable, methodical thought process- everything you could want in a guide. We spent a day on the West Branch of the Penobscot River with Dave. He relates well with all ability levels and his competence and style allowed our group members to challenge themselves and experience the gift of real accomplishment in the “wild.” This is becoming rare in today’s “cyber” world. Taking teens outdoors is where real growth happens and Dave did an amazing job from all perspectives”. Ken Jones, North Haven High School, Maine
“If you enjoy camping and canoeing along the rivers in the North Woods of Maine be sure to contact Dave Conley at Canoe the Wild to book your trip. You will have an exciting time. His experience and professionalism are second to none”.
Joe Sukovich, NJ
“Great time with family, Dave tips and instructions of canoeing were great. We were able to do some rapids and had a great time. The food was excellent. Thanks Dave and Phil for some great memories with family and friends”.
Roland Foss, Bangor Maine
“This trip was a blast. Canoeing down the St. Croix river was beautiful and exhilarating. The rapids were fun, the food was delicious, couldn’t have asked for a better trip. Thanks Dave!”
Jake Kaplan, NH
“Dave was a consummate professional. He was an expert on and off the water, meticulous with coordinating every detail, and provided us with the highest quality of service, food, amenities, and more. Dave’s positivity and encouragement were also greatly appreciated. Dave’s assistant, Phil, was wonderful as well. He was very skillful, helpful, and easy going. Both Dave and Phil made made our trip great fun for all!”
Jeff Feldman, PA
“Dave Conley is a fantastic guide. He shared his vast knowledge of the outdoors, created an upbeat environment, and his meals are fantastic. He was very knowledgeable about our destination and what we might see there. I look forward to my next trip with Dave!”
Bob Latshaw, MA
“Amazing canoe trip with a wonderful group of people! The trip was the perfect adventure and getaway from modern life. We paddled, we swam, we ate, we observed wildlife everyday. I feel so rested and rejuvenated from this trip. Thanks to our incredible guides for making everything perfect. I’m planning to sign up again next summer!”
Betta Stothert, Falmouth, ME
“My father-in-law, 13 year old son and myself went on a trip of a lifetime. I am sure we will be back and you can’t put a price on memories that you can share with your family. Dave Conley is a first class individual and Maine Guide. The food was amazing from Maine Blueberry Pancakes to Ribeye Steaks over the open fire. We learned many outdoor skills and canoe paddling commands. For me it was a great time to unplug and disconnect from the busyness of the world and enjoy God’s marvelous creation!”
Doug Reed, Hermon, ME
“It was so good to get back to paddling in the wild woods. All aspects of the trip were just fab, especially the female moose who displayed her dining skills, for a couple of hours, in the middle of the river. Do hope to join you Dave on another canoe trip, in the near future.”
Sharon Little, Quebec City, Canada
“Absolutely the best canoe trek I’ve ever been on. Everything about the trip was brilliantly planned and prepared and you couldn’t ask for a better guide than Dave Conley. He prepared great food, told great stories, and is incredibly knowledgeable about the whole area and the wilderness in general, he’s just an all around great guy. I can’t recommend the trip enough and would absolutely book again.”
John Sukovich, Ann Arbor, MI
2014 Allagash Canoe Trips Testimonials
“Dave, Thanks again for a fabulous trip. Every member of our party thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Your preparation and your execution in the field were impeccable in every respect. Everything met or exceeded our expectations. We are already talking about our next trip, hopefully the St. Croix with you next summer”.
John Aromando, Maine
“We are still basking in our Allagash bliss!! Thanks for a fantastic trip – it was just awesome in every way! The boys were nonstop about it in the car ride home… well, for about two hours and then they crashed. We got home very tired, very smelly and very happy.
Carolyn Cote, NH
“Just wanted to thank you again for a great time! I have talked to my wife, son and his wife and will be in touch to schedule a trip for the 4 of us”.
David Van Patten, NH
“Thank you! What an absolutely fantastic trip. Pictures are terrific. I’d like to talk with you about a trip for somewhere between 5-11 of our college classmates”.
Jim Murray, FL
“Dave, It has been over a month since our trip up the Allagash, and I still and will have a mental “high” from our trip, you were the perfect host. The people we traveled with were great trip companions and added to the trip. Ashley and Phil were great. Thank you so much for such a great, wonderful guidance up the Allagash. I think some of my final thoughts on this earth will be of the Allagash trip and you made it possible! Once more, thanks and God Bless.”
Margaret Wilhelm, CA”
2014 St. Croix River Trips Testimonials
“All boys (and their parents) should be lucky enough to have an experience such as this. The boys grew an inch or two learning to canoe the St. Croix’s rapids. The scenery and wildlife was fantastic. Maine, and its wilds, is lucky to have ambassadors like Dave and Philip. We hope to be back soon.”
Michael Bell, Manhattan, NY
“This was the most wonderful experience. We all had a great time. It could not have been better. Thank You so much. Your crew could not have been better.”
Alexis Beach, San Francisco
“Besides being exceptionally competent and helpful, our guides were genuinely nice people whose good nature, positive attitude, and enthusiasm for the outdoors was infectious. These character traits helped several of us “city slickers” and part-time outdoorspeople face with the minor discomforts we encountered with good cheer, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude.”
Denise Beneteau, Switzerland
“Hi Dave, We had a great time, you and Phil ran a great trip, we all definitely learned a lot about canoeing! You run a well oiled and very professional operation, and give us as leaders a great example to aspire to. I would love to do the Bonaventure River at some point! Thanks again for a great trip!”
Eric Lim, Troop 76, Holliston, MA
“Tammy is an excellent guide who struck a balance between carefully watching out for us and encouraging us to test our limits. She always found something positive to say about even our smallest achievements and even the way we handled our mistakes during the many “learning moments” we experienced on the river. But I was even more impressed to be around 3 high school age kids who displayed the same positive outlook, work ethic, and teamwork as their teacher/leader.
I’m sure that they were always great kids but I also suspect that the outdoor ed program you & Tammi run at their High School has played a major role in helping them become the mature, conscientious, self-confident and positively-oriented people we met on our trip. So thanks to you ad Tammi for helping us have a great vacation but, even more importantly, thanks for what you’ve done for Mitchel, Chelsea, Kim, and the other young adults whose lives you touch”.
Lee Goldburg, NJ
2013 and Earlier Testimonials
“We had such a positive experience with Dave two years ago on the St. Croix River, that we hired him again to take us down the Allagash in August of 2013. Like the first experience, the second exceeded our expectations in every way. Although my family has spent the last 40 years canoeing Maine’s rivers without a Guide, Dave and Tammi take the experience (including fun, relaxation, and pure enjoyment) to another level. They taught my son (age 13), my father (age 75), a family friend (age 13) and me (age 44) new things about reading the river, perfecting our canoe strokes, cooking over the open fire, and setting up and taking down the campsite.
Dave shared his knowledge of the river and its history as we paddled, and kept us entertained every night with stories about being a Maine guide, moose hunting and his many adventures over the years in Maine, Canada and out west. The food was first rate, cooked over the open fire from wood that we had harvested along the river (no propane stoves for Dave). At night, there was a lot of laughing mixed in with just the right amount of silence and sounds of the loons. It’s difficult to imagine a more perfect way to end the day. We were fortunate to see several moose, paddling close to them on several occasions, many bald eagles, which seemed to follow us down the river, a deer and lots of ducks. One of the many added benefits of hiring Dave is that he takes incredible photographs of the wildlife, the scene around the campsite, and your friends and family. To have all of this captured on a high quality camera by someone who knows what he is doing, is an added bonus and a great way to capture the highlights of the trip.
Dave uses the perfect combination of encouragement, humor, good natured ribbing, patience, and a true desire to spread his enthusiasm for back country canoeing and camping to bring the best out in everyone. We all had a great time. We are looking forward to more trips with Dave and recommend him without hesitation. You won’t be disappointed.”
— Noah Wuesthoff, Falmouth Maine
“Our experience on the Allagash was the most well thought out and well executed trip we could have ever imagined. Dave brought along Mitchell, a strong, college sophomore who came up from the ranks of his outdoor school program. Mitchell lugged boats and equipment and was a constant source for firewood at each site we camped at. While on the Allagash we saw a lot of wildlife but no other canoe parties. We thought we knew how to paddle a canoe but Dave gave us on the spot paddle tips to navigate a river where he seemed to know every rock and hard place. There was never a need to worry.
In an area this remote, Dave had things covered with satellite technology right in his pocket. Canoe the Wild’s equipment is first class with Old Town canoes, tarps to keep out the rain, tents that go up in a jiffy and even cots to put our Thermarest mattresses on. It seemed that Dave only put his camera down long enough to pick up a spatula to prepare unforgettable meals over an open fire; t-bone steaks, chicken and dumplings, chocolate cake and strawberry shortcake for desserts and full course breakfasts with real cowboy coffee each morning. A few weeks after we got home, a DVD arrived with professionally done pictures full of memories. See for yourself!”
— Jack Thompson
“When planning our trip, what I expected from Dave, was to get my three sons and me safely down the Allagash and to show us this beautiful river. What made the trip great were all the things Dave provided that I did not expect. I never expected the food to be so good or that he would be so great and patient with my kids. I also didn’t expect that Dave would be our own private trip photographer. Thanks to him, we have hundreds of memorable photographs that really captured this wonderful experience. I wouldn’t think twice about planning another canoe trip with Dave!
— Marc B. Gamble
“Dave Conley understands the importance of engaging Maine’s youth in the outdoors! Our Teens To Trails organization is so pleased to be associated with Dave and his work to connect young people to the natural world – a connection that is critical to both their physical and mental well being. He has made a very real and lasting difference in the lives of so many young people through his passion for the outdoors, his energy and his caring. What a wonderful mentor Dave is for Maine’s youth!”
— Carol Leone, Founder,Teens To Trails
“The DePas River was a fantastic wilderness trip made even better by Dave’s excellent guiding skills. The details of the trip were well thought through by Dave and there was never a “glitch” to foul up the trip. It’s clear that Dave put a lot of thought and planning into every detail of the trip. The great things about Dave’s trips are that the rivers he selects are not the “old standards” but are rivers not often paddled by others which really makes the wilderness experience even better”
— Greg Millert, Brunswick, Maine